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Power Supply replacement

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thr0xx, May 12, 2007.

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  1. thr0xx

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    I currently have a dell dimension 4600i with a 250watt power supply. i want to upgrade to at least a 400watt but im wary of picking one that wont fit in my pc. does anyone know of any power supplies that are better for dell pc's? they way dell built the computer does not allow for any hardware bigger than the original to fit. thanks for any help
     
  2. bigbear

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    As far as I am aware all Dell PSU's are proprietary to Dell, an "off the shelf psu" wont fit.
    You need to get an upgrade from Dell
     
  3. thr0xx

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    Where are you in the world?
     
  5. thr0xx

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    Virginia, USA
     
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    cool, thanks man
     
  8. thr0xx

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    i just chatted with a dell rep and he told me this, "no need to upgrade power supply as Dell Rates power supplies at steady state whereas the video card mfg use Peak Usage. Peak power rating on 305 steady state is APPROX 460 watts"

    he then said "it is but Dell power supplies are mentioned at steady state. However, the video card specifications mention the peak charges."

    is it true that my 250watt psu will run any video card?
     
  9. Mr.Magee

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    Simply put, No. That is not true. I highly doubt that a Dell 250Watt PSU can run "any" PSU, nor would I risk it.
     
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